NASCAR releases 2016 start times for three top touring series

The Daytona 500 will start at 1PM on Feb. 21


The Daytona 500 will start at 1PM on Feb. 21
The Daytona 500 will start at 1PM on Feb. 21

NASCAR released the start times for the top three touring series for 2016 Tuesday. FOX Sports and NBC Sports Group will be broadcasting the TV portions of the races. Entering the second season of 10-year media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Summer Olympics.

FOX will air races until July when NBC takes over. There will be seven races on NBC, 12 races on NBCSN, and one race on USA Network which will air during the Olympic Games in Rio. Fox will broadcast 21 Sprint Cup races with 10 of those on Fox Sports 1.

Among the highlights: The season-opening Daytona 500 will start at the 1:00 P.M. ET, the same time as last year, while thet he season-ending Ford Ecoboost 400 Sprint Cup finale on November 20 will move its start time up a half-hour to 2:30 p.m. ET. The 300-mile XFINITY finale the previous day will start 45 minutes later, at 3:30 p.m. ET.


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